Malagurski at the Raindance Film Festival
11 August 1988 |
Subotica, SR Serbia,
|Alma mater||University of British Columbia|
Boris Malagurski (Serbian Cyrillic: Борис Малагурски; born 11 August 1988) is a Serbian-Canadian film director, producer, writer, television host and activist. He is the owner of the Malagurski Cinema production company, based in Vancouver, Canada.
Born to Branislav Malagurski and Slavica Malagurski, Boris grew up in the northern Serbian town of Subotica. In an interview for Literární noviny, Prague's cultural and political journal, Malagurski said that his last name originates from the Polish town of Mała Góra, noting that in the 17th century, a soldier from that town fought under the command of John III Sobieski against the Turks in the Battle of Senta and afterwards decided to stay in Subotica, which is now in the Serbian province of Vojvodina.
Since Malagurski emigrated to Canada in 2005, he identifies himself as Serbian Canadian. Malagurski made a documentary film about his move from Serbia called The Canada Project. The film was shown on Serbian National Television, as a part of Mira Adanja-Polak's TV show.
According to the Malagurski Cinema website, Malagurski has been a columnist with Kišobran (lit. Umbrella), a Serbian language monthly newspaper published in Vancouver. Again according to the website, he was the founding president of the Serbian Youth League in Vancouver in February 2008.
In 2009, Malagurski released Kosovo: Can You Imagine?, a documentary film about the plight of Serb communities living in Kosovo at that time. Former Canadian general Lewis MacKenzie, former Canadian diplomat James Byron Bissett, former UNMIK officer John Hawthorne and economist Michel Chossudovsky appear in the film.
In 2010, he released The Weight of Chains, his documentary film analyzing the role that the United States, NATO and the European Union allegedly played in the breakup of Yugoslavia. In April 2012, Malagurski announced plans to produce a sequel The Weight of Chains 2. As of October 2014, the film has not been released.
Since January 2013, Malagurski has been the host of "Revolution" (Serbian: Револуција), a weekly TV show on Happy TV.[dead link] According to Malagurski, the goal of the show, which features documentary segments and interviews with state officials, foreign and local experts and ordinary citizens of Serbia, is to answer the question - why do people still have a low standard of living and what can be done to change that? Malagurski aims to provoke initiative so that the citizens can move forward.
The Serbian newspaper "Politika" described Malagurski as the "Serbian Michael Moore", though Malagurski himself had spoken of his use of "Michael Moore post-production techniques", earlier in the same year. The description was taken up by Press and other media outlets in the region.
Occasionally, Malagurski has written articles for the political magazine New Serbian political thought. In October 2011, Malagurski showed his film "The Weight of Chains" at the Jarinje barricades on the Kosovo-Serbia border, which he claims was a show of support for the Serbs' cause in fighting for their rights in the disputed province.
In June 2012, Malagurski took part in a protest in front of the Radio Television Serbia building, that called for an end to "organized media darkness" in Serbia and requested the airing of Malagurski's film "The Weight of Chains" on Serbia's public broadcaster. In front of 200 protesters, Malagurski said that Aleksandar Tijanić, the director of RTS, had told him that despite positive reviews, "The Weight of Chains" couldn't be aired on RTS because it had already been aired on Happy TV, Malagurski claimed only clips had been shown, which he corroborated with documents from Happy TV. Malagurski also claimed that "Serbia is the only country in the region and in almost all of Europe, where "The Weight of Chains" has not been shown by the national public broadcaster".
On October 24, 2012, on 100th anniversary of the Battle of Kumanovo, Malagurski, together with other Serbian activists, took part in a "Thanksgiving walk of remembrance" from the Government of Serbia building to the Novo groblje cemetery where a wreath was laid on the tomb of Radomir Putnik, the Chief of the Serbian General Staff in the Balkan Wars.
Malagurski regularly gives speeches about his film making tactics and current social, political and economic issues in the Balkans; he has spoken at the Association of Students of the Faculty of Law, the Serbian students political forum at the Faculty of Political Sciences of the University of Belgrade, at the Novi Sad Law School and the University of Novi Sad Medical School and Faculty of Philosophy, as well as on the panel at a public forum at the Management Faculty in Sremski Karlovci. He also gave a speech on "guerilla filmmaking" at the Megatrend University in Belgrade
|2005||The Canada Project||Yes||No||No||Yes|
|2009||Kosovo: Can You Imagine?||Yes||No||Yes||Yes|
|2011||The Weight of Chains||Yes||Yes||Yes||No|
|2012||The Presumption of Justice||Yes||Yes||Yes||No||Co-directed with Ivana Rajović|
|2014||The Weight of Chains 2||Yes||Yes||Yes||No||Post-production|
|2013||Revolucija (Season 1)||Yes||Yes||20 episodes from January to June|
|Revolucija (Season 2)||Yes||Yes||16 episodes from September to December|
|2014||Revolucija (Season 3)||Yes||Yes||12 episodes from January to present|
- 2005, Young European Filmmakers, "The Canada Project" at the Palić Film Festival in Palić, Serbia
- 2005, Young European Filmmakers, "Vreme Je" at the Palić Film Festival in Palić, Serbia
- 2009, "Kosovo: Can You Imagine?" at the BridgeFest International Film Festival, East Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina
- 2011, "The Weight of Chains" at the BELDOCS International Feature Documentary Film Festival, Belgrade, Serbia
- 2011, "The Weight of Chains" at the Raindance Film Festival, London, United Kingdom
- 2011, "The Weight of Chains" at the Moving Images Film Festival, Toronto, Canada
- 2011, "The Weight of Chains" at the International Festival of New Latin American Cinema, Havana, Cuba
- 2011, "The Weight of Chains" at the Ann Arbor Docu Fest, Ann Arbor, United States of America
- 2009, Silver Palm Award (one of 14 films awarded in the Student Film category) for "Kosovo: Can You Imagine?" at the Mexico International Film Festival 2009, Rosarito, Mexico.
- Добри људи у злим временима | Good people in evil times Politika Newspaper, August 28, 2010
- „Vítejte v Kosovu, vaše auto je už tady!“ Literární noviny
- Srpsko-kanadski režiser Boris Malagurski Alo novine
- Mira Adanja-Polak and You June 5, 2005
- "Malagurski Cinema - About". Retrieved 15 April 2013.
- Nema povlačenja, nema predaje Politika
- RTS Dnevnik 19. oktobar 2013, Radio Television Serbia, 2013.
- Revolucija Happy TV
- The Revolution of Boris Malagurski on Happy TV Story.rs
- Malagurski: It's time to sober up Večernje novosti
- Interview with Boris Malagurski on his new film Novine Toronto | March 26, 2010
- New documentary by the Serbian Michael Moore Press newspaper
- Битка је у нама Борис Малагурски, НСПМ | 1 November 2010
- Дневник 2010 Борис Малагурски, НСПМ | 19 October 2010
- Моја држава, моја револуција Борис Малагурски, НСПМ | 14 October 2010
- Using alternative paths to get to North Kosovo Politika, October 31, 2011[dead link]
- We're afraid of Belgrade, not KFOR Pravda newspaper, October 30, 2011
- Protest ispred RTS-a RTS
- RTS odbio da prikaže film Težina lanaca Kurir
- "Protest ispred zgrade RTS - Internet Archive". pravda.rs. Retrieved 12 October 2014.
- Thanksgiving walk United Journalists of Serbia Press Centre
- "Kosovo and Metohija in the light of international law" Forum at the Assoc. of Students of Univ. of Belgrade Law Faculty
- "Kosovo - Where is the solution?"
- The Weight of Chains at the Faculty of Philosophy[dead link]
- "How to get over stereotypes of bad boys" at F@M Sremski Karlovci
- Reditelj Boris Malagurski posetio Megatrend Megatrent[dead link]
- Young European Filmmakers Palić International Film Festival, 2005
- , Glas Srbije, May 11, 2009
- Težina lanaca: Kritika uloge NATO, EU i SAD i raspadu SFRJ BELDOCS 2011
-  Raindance Film Festival 2011
- Radio Television Serbia | The Weight of Chains in London[dead link]
-  MIFF Schedule, End of World Showcase
- "El peso de las cadenas" Festival Internacional Del Nuevo Cine Latinoamericano
- Ann Arbor Docu Fest: The Weight of Chains at Cafe Ambrosia accessed Aug 23, 2014
- "2009 winners of Silver Palm". Mexico International Film Festival. Retrieved 6 September 2014.
- RTV - Film Borisa Malagurskog nagrađen na festivalu u Meksiku, Radio Television Vojvodina, May 11, 2009
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Boris Malagurski.|
- Boris Malagurski at the Internet Movie Database
- Official website of Malagurski Cinema
- Official website of "Kosovo | Can You Imagine?"
- Official website of "The Weight of Chains"
- Official website of "Belgrade"
Print media interviews
- The Unbearable Lightness of the Truth Pečat Magazine, May 2011
- Let's tickle The Imagination of Tourists Politika, October 2011
- Capitalism is Robbing Serbia Blic, December 2011
- People are Blind from Illusions Večernje novosti, December 2011
- Yugoslavia was a Predecessor of the EU Javno, February 2012[dead link]
- No Retreat, No Surrender Politika, April 2012
- I Want to Work in Serbia Večernje novosti, June 2012
- A Film About Brice Taton Politika, June 2012